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The 19.5 miles will be known as the Chief Standing Bear Trail, in honor of the Ponca Chief whose people were banished from their homeland.
Tribal Chairman for the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, Larry Wright Jr. said it was inspiring to be with members every day, on the walk that stretched from Niobrara, to Barneston.
Around 200 people gathered beneath a tent at the south edge of Barneston, Thursday, marking the end of the journey and the signing of the deed. Wright also thanked members of the Oto-Missouria Tribe, for their support of the Ponca.
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Director of the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs, Judi Gaiashkibos, says the history of the Ponca and other tribes is very important to tell, in this 150th year of Nebraska Statehood.
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Gaiashkibos credited U.S. House member Jeff Fortenberry for promoting the idea of a Chief Standing Bear Trail. Tribe members hope to one day obtain a National Historic designation, for the Standing Bear Trail.
Director of Cultural Affairs for the Ponca Tribe, Randy Teboe says it’s important to pass down the history of the Ponca Tribe’s banishment, and the role of Chief Standing Bear in gaining respect for Native Americans, as people.
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Teboe says taking tribe ownership of the trail section becomes a lasting reminder of Ponca history.
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The tribe is assuming ownership of the trail section from the Nebraska Trails Foundation.